The Foundation has created, in partnership with the National Arts Centre, a $60,000 fund to assist Canadian organizations that are launching Sistema music programs. El Sistema—founded in Venezuela in 1975—provides children in low income communities with access to musical instruments and a demanding regimen of instruction at no cost.
The fund is open to: programs currently in the pre-launch and fundraising stage; programs in operation for less than three years; and established programs that propose a research project with the potential to benefit Sistema-inspired programs nationally. Eligible organizations can access matching funds up to a maximum of $10,000 for a variety of purposes, including operations, evaluation, research, and administration.
To learn more about the eligibility criteria and submission process click here.